Open House Tours

Tait Trail--Tait House

Details:

3.30pm, Saturday October 19th
1hr tour led by Tait House Community Enterprise
FREE, First Come Basis
Limited Disabled Access

Building:

Tait House Community Enterprise, Southill House, Collins Avenue, Roxboro Road
Architect: unkown, built c. 1820
Restoration work by William Fogerty, 1864

Description:

Global Visionaries: Showcasing Limerick as a global crossroads where visionary people and places resonate.

The grand home of Peter Tait, and listed building, includes a Vinery designed by Richard Turner of Kew Gardens fame. Tait Trail documents Peter Tait and his economic an social progression in Limerick.
Disability access to the house – ground floor area open to the public.  The Lower Site where the ruins of the Vinery are is more difficult to navigate and is limited access with cobbled stone.

The Tait Trail is a two part trail that explores Peter Tait and his economic and social progression in Limerick:
This is part 2. Part 1 is Bedford Townhouse (at 2pm), the site of his first shirt factory in Limerick, talk includes a brief history of the Tait Factory.

There will be a bus connecting the first part of this Trail, Bedford Townhouse, with this venue.
Bus will depart at 3.00 pm from Henry Street (Dunnes Stores).
A return bus to the City Centre from Tait House will depart at 4.30pm.

A fine country residence which commands views over the surrounding area, displaying a wealth of quality building skills as well as great ambition. This was the former home of Sir Peter Tait, who features prominently in the history of Limerick City. William Fogerty carried out restoration work, in 1864, following fire damage in the summer of 1863. The cost of the work was £1,500. 

The house and grounds are occupied by Tait House Community Enterprise catering to many community needs. While the building was endangered, the current use has served to arrest serious decay.

National Inventory of Architectural Heritage

 

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